Arthur Sissis will be a rider to watch in the second half of the season with Sheffield, according to co-owner Damien Bates.
Sissis has, by his own admission, found life tough in his debut Premier League campaign after making the switch from Moto3 racing.
He was a powerful performer in speedway as a youngster before making a career choice - and now he’s back on the shale he’s showing weekly improvement.
Tigers face Newcastle at Owlerton tonight after a two-week gap in the fixture calendar which coincided with the Speedway World Cup.
And Bates said: “I’m more than happy with Arthur, he was always going to find it tough in Premier League racing for the first time.
“But he’s shown glimpses of what he can do with some big race wins at times and he’s getting better every week.
“He only got back on a speedway bike at the beginning of this year after four years away from the sport so the improvement he is showing is good.
“Yes, he is finding it tougher than he thought, but the Premier League is a very strong product this year.”
Tigers have brought in Lasse Bjerre as a replacement for injured skipper Simon Stead tonight but the rest of the side remains unchanged after Josh Bates shook off illness.
Newcastle have been hit by the loss of Anton Rosen and Ludvig Lindgren who are required to race in Sweden.
Aussie ace Kevin Doolan deputises for Lindgren and the rider replacement facility will operate for Rosen. Former Sheffield man Richard Hall comes in at reserve to replace Lewis Rose who is on Elite League duty.
Sheffield: Lasse Bjerre, Ashley Birks, David Bellego, Jason Garrity, Andre Compton, Arthur Sissis, Josh Bates.
Newcastle: Lewis Kerr, Anton Rosen R/R, Carl Wilkinson, Christian Henry, Kevin Doolan, Simon Nielsen, Richard Hall.